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MSc International Health Policy MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

About the MSc programmes

These programmes are based in the Department of Social Policy and offer the following benefits:

  • international faculty in many courses, enhancing the programmes' international perspective
  • potential for internships with major international and governmental organisations, companies or academic institutions as part of the overall student assessment
  • contact with research staff in LSE Health and Social Care, including specialists in health economics, public health, social care, European health care reform and behavioural public policy

For the Health Policy programme you need a first degree in a relevant academic subject (economics or other social sciences, medicine and some humanities subjects) whereas for the Health Economics programme you need a first degree in economics, mathematics, statistics or any other quantitative subject. For both, the first degree should be at a standard equivalent to British university upper second class honours.

Please note that upon admission transfer from one degree to the other is not permitted. 

In the MSc International Health Policy programme, you analyse current and emerging health care problems and the range of health policies being developed to meet them internationally. The programme gives you the opportunity to examine important health policy issues through the application of basic health policy and economic principles. The MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics) allows you to concentrate on options geared to health economics analysis. 

Programme details 

For both programmes, you take taught courses to the value of four units consisting of compulsory and optional courses. Many courses are offered as half units thus enabling a wide range of subjects to be covered. In addition, both programmes require you to undertake a compulsory 10,000 word dissertation on a relevant topic which may be written in conjunction with a summer placement within a government department,  international agency, private organisation, or academic research institution. The dissertation makes up the fifth unit of the MSc. 

MSc International Health Policy

Students must take taught courses to the value of four full units and undertake a 10,000 word Dissertation which counts as the fifth unit. 

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Financing Health Care* focuses on the health financing functions of collecting revenue, pooling funds and purchasing services, as well as on policy choices concerning coverage, resource allocation and market structure.
  • Measuring Health System Performance* presents a framework to discuss the opportunities and challenges with performance measurement in health care.
  • Dissertation

Two from:

  • Foundations of Health Policy* provides a comparative approach to the development of health and healthcare policies in high, middle and low income countries, emphasising present and future policy options and problems.
  • Health Economics* develops basic economic concepts as they are applied to the health sector, and provides for specialisation in health economics.
  • Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy* introduces the economics of pharmaceutical markets and related policies that affect national and international markets.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from a range of options.

MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

Students must take courses to the value of four full units, and undertake a full unit MSc dissertation.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Financing Health Care* focuses on the health financing functions of collecting revenue, pooling funds and purchasing services, as well as on policy choices concerning coverage, resource allocation and market structure.
  • Either Health Economics* develops basic economic concepts as they are applied to the health sector, and provides for specialisation in health economics or Advanced Health Economics* covers international comparisons of health care expenditure, health care insurance, contract theory, equity in health care, health behaviour and an introduction to econometric analysis applied to health care data.
  • Dissertation.

Two from:

Students will be expected to choose their remaining courses from a range of options.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc International Health Policy and MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics) in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Graduate destinations

Professional destinations after completing the degree include consultancies, pharmaceutical companies, health services, international organisations, government departments and agencies and NGOs as well as employment in research or further study for a PhD.

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Application codes: L4UH (L4UJ Health Economics) (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2014: 60/239

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 or equivalent. For Health Economics, a first degree should be in economics, mathematics, statistics, or any other quantitative subject (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £15,216; overseas £21,744

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions